February 9 ~ Pillow of the Day

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Birch Tree With Yellow Bird Eco Felt Pillow by Sarah, Sarah Smile

This hand cut birch tree and perched yellow bird are appliquéd on a soft pillow made with eco (recycled) felt.

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119 Responses to February 9 ~ Pillow of the Day

  1. i like the simplicity of this design!

  2. Gina.S says:

    Cute, Cute, Cute! Have to make one of these :)!

  3. Sylvia says:

    Love the cute little yellow bird.

  4. Sourkraut says:

    That bright yellow applique is just perfect!

  5. Carrie says:

    What a sweet little pillow! My SIL is having birch as the theme for her wedding, and I think this will be just the thing.

  6. Southern Gal says:

    That’s so pretty.

  7. Valerie says:

    I just LOVE this pillow!

  8. Marcia W. says:

    Sarah’s pillow with the bird is so very pretty.

  9. kathyh says:

    another winner.

  10. anna dorothy says:

    i love the tree…even if it was just the tree, no bird..it’d be beautiful! but love the bird too.

  11. Karo says:

    ouh… how pretty!

  12. Christine says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous!

  13. Tiffany says:

    I love the bright yellow on the grey. “Put a bird on it!” 🙂

  14. Willa says:

    Really cute simple effective design!

  15. Tonya says:

    I love it! I’m a big bird fan.

  16. Sara says:

    i love this one! the slits for the bark are inspired.

  17. Kay says:

    Thanks you for this bit of colour on a such a grey day! I love it!

  18. Krystina says:

    I love grey and yellow together. Beautiful pillow!

  19. susan h says:


  20. Valerie H says:

    Birch trees make a great motif, this pillow is so calming (if that makes any sense!). I’d love to know how she did the applique, it looks invisible.

  21. I love the birch tree. Very cool!

  22. Melissa says:

    I love that design! Wow. You did a great job. I’m hoping to start recycling/creating/felting my own wool for projects. I just love the look of it, and know it’s better for the environment!

  23. stacey says:


  24. Wow, that is such a simply beautiful idea! Now I’m wondering if I should be making another pillow for my nursery…

  25. So simple but so elegant. Love it!

  26. Jen B says:

    Simply stunning!

  27. Joy says:

    I love the “birch tree” look…very clever!

  28. alisha says:

    Very cute. I can’t get enough birds and trees.

  29. Sara says:

    Super sweet! Looks like the world outside my window!

  30. Tez says:

    great prizes!

  31. Kristin says:

    THAT is absolutely gorgeous!

  32. Ramona says:

    Two of my favorite things, birch trees and a cute bird. I am in love.

  33. Melissa says:

    Very CUTE!!!!

  34. Anya says:

    It’s beautiful!

  35. Elisa E says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this pillow. I want it!

  36. jm says:

    Love the bird!

  37. jenn says:

    this pillow is stunning. Just love it.

  38. Beth says:

    I just love this one! That little birdie adds a little pop of color in just the right way.

  39. Sharon T. says:

    Very cute!

  40. Kris says:

    Love that little yellow bird.

  41. Great Pillow – There just something about that make it seem so peaceful.

  42. delia says:

    How neat!

  43. Lori says:

    So nice! I love the method she used to make it a birch tree.

  44. Bethany says:

    So pretty! Love the colors!

  45. KellyK says:

    Birds are such a huge theme… LOVE the colour palette.


  46. Cat says:

    makes me think of the portlandia series. Put a bird on it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XM3vWJmpfo

  47. Addy says:

    That birch bark is genius! Love it!

  48. Rachel T. says:

    I love this pillow!

  49. Stephanie S says:

    Just beautiful! I love the simplicity of it.

  50. Kelly P says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Felt really is fantastic! And what a beautiful use of felt this pillow is!

  51. patricia says:

    I never would have thought to to do something like this. It is a beautiful pillow.

  52. Jessica says:

    In love with this pillow!

  53. Laura says:

    love the slits in the tree trunk!

  54. Rebecca says:

    This is a great accent pillow!

  55. Lacey says:

    Perfection! Exactly what I need for my corner chair in my bedroom:)

  56. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful! The colors are so inviting, too.

  57. Kristal says:

    Very clever!

  58. elsa says:

    great pillow! love the creativity that’s out there … so inspiring!

  59. Cat says:

    what an impressive work ! I love the idea of having a scene on a pillow. Very inspiring !

  60. Debra says:

    Adorable and meticulously made!

  61. Ana V says:


  62. Ms. Fine says:

    I never think of stuff like this. THanks!

  63. Cherie says:

    Love it! What a great idea.

  64. Jacqueline says:

    The felt looks so soft and cuddly

  65. Sonya M says:

    Great idea. I just love birch trees – and oh, the yellow bird is sweet!

  66. Sara says:

    Cuddling it through the screen. It looks so soft:)

  67. Dawn S. says:

    The little yellow bird is so bright and happy! Love it!

  68. Laura Reich says:

    Oh, that’s so sweet. Great idea!

  69. sharonj says:

    Great pillow, nice to see felt used. Thank you.

  70. Christine says:

    I like the simplicity of this pillow. Pretty.

  71. Cute! (but it totally reminded me of that spoof video that’s out there. Have you seen the one where it’s two people walking around a home decor store putting a bird on everything?)

  72. Heidi Anderson says:

    Great pattern! So simple and clean.

  73. June S says:

    I love it! Simple and beautiful, and wonderful color combinations. I love the grey with yellow. It looks nice and soft, too!

  74. Debbie says:

    Cool idea! looks super soft

  75. Seanna Lea says:

    I love this pillow. The birch tree is so simple, yet so well done!

  76. Shelley says:

    The hand cut birch is fantastic! Love it!

  77. Cassandra says:

    I love it!

  78. Jen says:

    What a fabulous pillow!

  79. corinnea says:

    Very cute!

  80. this pillow is stunning!

  81. Andrea C says:

    how beautiful!!

  82. SewLindaAnn says:

    I love this one. So simple, and so pretty for Spring.

  83. Susan C. says:

    Oh, wow. I have a thing for birch trees, so this is right up my alley.

  84. Catherine says:

    So creative! I like how different colors could totally change the feel of the pillow, too.

  85. Rebmara says:

    This is a summer pillow! Love it.

  86. Anya says:

    Very nice! Thanks!

  87. MamaBee says:


  88. Tong says:

    love this, so clever!

  89. karoliina says:

    the birch tree is so clever and simple.

  90. Tiffy says:

    Lovely! My favourite pillow so far!

  91. Wendy D. P. says:


  92. Karen says:

    I look forward to seeing each pillow–another lovely design!

  93. Tara says:

    Lovin’ the use of felt!

  94. Jill says:

    Love it! I’m a total fan of the birch tree rage!

  95. elana says:

    yellow and gray are so pretty together…this pillow just makes me smile!

  96. Amy says:

    It’s so sweet! I always worry about using felt for pillows because it doesn’t wash well…or so I believe. Am I wrong? I would love to make a pillow this way but my belief in the washability has held me back.

  97. Becky T says:

    this is so fun and cute

  98. WandaFish says:

    The yellow bird really lifts the cushion – lovely!

  99. Wendy says:

    Sweet pillow. Love the fact that you used recycled felt. Great job!

  100. Andi says:

    So pretty! I love the bright bird with the grey and white!

  101. Suzie says:

    Oh my goodness, this pillow is so cute, I love it!

  102. Susan in SC says:

    Beautiful pillow!

  103. Tracy says:

    Beautiful idea.

  104. Johanna says:

    The perfect pillow! It is AMAZING!

  105. Vanessa says:

    How nice! I really like this one!

  106. April says:

    I almost made a pillow of synthetic felt but didn’t know how it would be washed. So how do you wash this kind of fabric? Hand wash or washing machine? Does it have similar care to that of wool- as in, do you need to worry about severe shrinkage?

    VERY cute pillow!!!

  107. Jill B says:

    Wow! This is stunning. The birch bark is amazing.

  108. CJ says:

    GREAT pillow! I love the colors used.

  109. isabeljoao says:

    So beautiful! I loved the detail of the bird.

  110. linda says:

    That is the cutest design…wow!

  111. Sarah McGrath says:

    I love the way the yellow bird stands out against the neutral colours here. Very nice.

  112. Rebecca says:


  113. Joanne says:

    The little bird is great and I think it’s wonderful that ecofelt was used for this one!

  114. Stephanie says:

    Love this pillow. Birds are my favorite motif this winter!

  115. Crystal says:

    Oh, goodness – that is a lovely pillow! Reminds me of wall decals that I saw very similar to this idea.

  116. Cynthia says:

    So sweet!

  117. This is beautiful. I love how the yellow bird pops against the gray and white. Plus, Birch trees make me happy.

  118. Desirée says:

    this is sweet, i really like the yellow bird, cute!

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